Women in Northern Victoria are being encouraged to try something new and get active in all their red-faced, sweaty, jiggly glory as part of VicHealth’s inaugural This Girl Can Week kicking off on Monday 18 March.
This Girl Can Week (18-24 March 2019) aims to encourage more women to give physical activity a go, or return to exercise after a break. There will be a range of fun, free or low-cost activities hosted by gyms and sports clubs across the state, tailored to women and girls who want to get active but aren’t sure about how to take the first step.
Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp is calling on local women to build on the momentum and become part of the highly successful campaign which launched in March last year and inspired 1 in 7 Victorian women to get moving in 2018.
The campaign features everyday Victorian women instead of professional athletes or airbrushed Instagram models and is about empowering women to feel comfortable in their bodies and in public spaces – regardless of their ability, how they look or how sweaty they get.
This Girl Can Week was about empowering everyday women to get active in their local community without feeling judged.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“This Girl Can – Victoria has had enormous success getting women up and moving without the fear of judgement that stops so many from having a go.”
“During This Girl Can Week sports clubs, gyms and community groups will offer a range of fun and inclusive activities that will help women to take that first and often daunting step.”
“We want to support all women to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter their age or ability.”
Quotes attributable to VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter
“We want all women – no matter how sweaty they get, how red their face is or how good they are – to feel comfortable about getting out there and giving physical activity a go. That’s what This Girl Can – Victoria is all about.”
“We want women to know that we get it. Rocking up to a gym class or training session is tough when you don’t know what to expect. That’s why the activities during This Girl Can Week will be inclusive, non-judgemental and accessible for women of different ages, body shapes and abilities.”
“This Girl Can Week is for all kinds of Victorian women who are all kinds of active. I encourage you to give something a go – you might discover a new favourite hobby.”